U.S. Department of Education
Source for free information from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school
To compete or make corrections to your FAFSA electronically
The FSA ID gives you access to Federal Student Aid's online systems and can serve as you legal signature.
The U.S. Department of Education is the agency of the federal government that establishes policy for, administers, and coordinates most federal assistance to higher education.
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
NSLDS Student Access provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data. You can also complete Exit Loan Counseling by accessing this site.
*All Direct Loan information is submitted to NSLDS whenever the College enters into a Title IV loan agreement with either a potential student, student, or parent of a student. This means that loan information becomes accessible to guaranty agencies, lenders, and other schools who are determined to be authorized users of the data system.
This site is your source for information about how to manage your student loans. From this site you can also complete Entrance Loan Counseling, electronically sign a master promissory note (MPN), complete a PLUS Loan request or endorse a Direct PLUS Loan.
Federal Direct Consolidation Loans
From this site you can apply for a Direct Consolidation Loan or track the processing status of your online application throughout the consolidation process.
Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group
The Ombudsman is where individuals can turn after trying other ways to resolve a federal student loan problem or dispute. They can also be reached by calling (877) 557-2575.
Office of the Inspector General (to report identity theft that affects your federal student aid).
Thinking about college? Use this tool to help you understand your options for paying for college, including estimates of financial aid eligibility.
State of Connecticut
Board of Regents for Higher Education
Connecticut's 17 state colleges and universities (ConnSCU) are governed by the Board of Regents to offer higher education opportunities to Connecticut students of all ages.
Connecticut Office of Higher Education
This office has oversight for financial aid programs funded by the State of Connecticut. They also help students learn about and find ways to pay for college.
Other Government Resources
An independent federal agency created to connect Americans of all ages and backgrounds with opportunities to give back to their communities and their nation.
U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook (information on careers and their earning potential)
Information on scholarship scams and how to avoid them
You may order tax return transcripts using either the "Get Transcript Online" or "Get Transcript by Mail" options.
IRS Information Center for Education Tax Benefits
There are a variety of tax credits, deductions and savings plans available to taxpayers to assist with the expenses of higher education.
This website is a product of the Congressionally chartered Federal Financial Literacy and Education Commission designated to strengthen financial capability and increase access to financial services for all Americans.
Social Security Administration
Contact SSA to get or replace a SS card or to update citizenship status on SSA's records.
If you are a man ages 18 through 25 then you must register with SS. Status information letters may be required when a man declares that he is not registered and applying for federal aid.
Department of Veteran's Affairs website for veteran education benefits information
National Credit Bureaus
Other Web Resources
The nation's largest free scholarship search engine
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
College Scholarship Directory for the Greater Hartford Area
Dollars for Scholars (a free scholarship service)
Non-government site that offers a comprehensive source of financial aid information
Undocumented students are encouraged to seek scholarship opportunities from an active list of scholarships.